Release Date: June 25, 2002
Reviewed by Vin Cherubino
The high-quality guitar solo is the most intricate, difficult, compelling type of music you could ever create. Satriani along with many other brilliant guitar players such as Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Van Halen, Malmsteen, and Vai provide some of the best instrumental guitar work ever created. The purity and genius of a great solo offers the listener escapism into an emotional state of their creation. Satriani delivers an outstanding musical experience through his talent and technique at the guitar. He also becomes an idol to aspiring guitarists trying to play music of their own. One wishes to see the day where the music flows so smoothly and astounds the player as well as the audience.
The album itself contains an astounding set of fourteen songs through different genres such as blues and rock. Each melody emanates terrific composition, from the beauty of “Oriental Melody” to the cover of “Sleep Walk” a song from the 50’s, the music is the equivalent of classical music through the use of electric guitar. It simply must be heard. Musicians can really cherish the melodies, but any person can enjoy at the very least one song on the album. Tempo changes come off sounding amazing without a hitch. Heavy chops and progressions blend with softer, gentler melodies as if they had no differences. Electronic keyboards and drums add the right amount of substance to the delicate composition.
Every one of Satriani’s CDs has explored new territories, and this one remains no different to that trend. It reminds you of classic Satriani without being the same. There should be no reason not to pick this CD up if you have any slight interest in the guitar, or strange beautiful music for that matter.